Piano Lessons:

I have been playing piano for 25 years and received my bachelors of music in music education as a piano major from The College of New Jersey in 2006. I have been teaching private piano students and adults of all ages for 13 years, whether they were beginners to the instrument or preparing for college auditions. I am trained both in classical and jazz piano, and am able to adapt your lessons to whatever piano player you want to be. As a professional educator with 8 years of teaching experience and counting at Central Middle School in Long Hill Township, I have all the skills necessary to ensure a path to your success, and mostly importantly, enjoyment of the instrument!

Trombone Lessons:

As a trombone minor at The College of New Jersey, I had the privilege of studying with Mr. Don Harwood of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (retired). I have prepared students for both middle and high school region band and all state auditions, and actively perform in community theater pit orchestras in New Jersey. If you are an elementary, middle, or high school student looking to improve your playing, then I can absolutely be of service to you.

Trumpet Lessons:

If you are a beginning or intermediate player in elementary or middle school, I can be of service to you. I can prepare you for middle school region band, or help you to improve your seating within your school's ensemble.

Music Theory:

Curious how music is written or composed? Taking Music Theory AP and need to prepare for the exam? Simply want a deeper on understanding of how music works? I can absolutely widen your knowledge base. Come with an instrument, work at my piano, or come with a notebook and we can get started. Anything from chord progressions, to species counterpoint, or 4 part writing with figured bass and we can make it happen!


Piano, Trombone, Music Theory
$30/half hour and $55/hour.

$20/Half Hour and $40/Hour.

All lessons are at my residence in Ringoes, NJ.


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Weddings, Cocktail Hours, Parties, and Funerals:
Depending on your needs, my playing is for hire. Contact me about your vision for your event, and I will do everything I can to bring your idea to fruition.

About me

I have dedicated my professional life to music education, both in the school setting and through private lessons. I am excited to rebuild my studio here in Ringoes, and hope to hear from you.

Sample Music

Full of Grace (MIDI)
This is an SAB Arrangement of the Sarah McLachlan hit that I wrote for my choir in 2012.

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Words of Kindness (MIDI)
I compiled a serious of famous quotes that I intended to be a positive influence on my students. I then composed the music to go along with it, and it was performed in 2008 by my choir.

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Video Game Symphony (MIDI)
I used 4 themes from old video games (Contra, Mega Man 2, Double Dragon, Final Fantasy IV), and arranged them for my concert band. At the concert, the video games were played on a projection screen as my students performed the piece. It was designed to show the kids that amazing, catchy music can exist in all kinds of places.

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John Birckhead